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‘A new sense of purpose and well-being’? AIDS 1990–2000
  1. Huw Houssemayne du Boulay
  1. Correspondence to Huw Houssemayne du Boulay, Myrtle Cottage, Cooksbridge, East Sussex BN84SW, UK; huwduboulay{at}yahoo.co.uk

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In the 1990s, perceptions of AIDS were changing fast, with emphasis on the need to help patients get through the suffering brought by their disease. ‘HIV infection is not only a medical problem, but also has far-reaching psychosocial implications’.1 The 1993 film Philadelphia was one of the first in Hollywood to tackle AIDS stigma head on and brought worldwide attention to HIV/AIDS. An article in 1990, suggested that ‘effective counselling and support can enable many HIV positive individuals to …

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